Sidney for me has been a home away from home. As an international student, adjusting to life in the UK has not been a process without obstacles but Sidney’s tight community spirit has helped immensely.
Located right at the heart of the city centre, Sidney is a sort of hidden treasure. Despite its small size, it features beautiful grounds and the most stunning part has to be the gardens where you can work or relax with friends surrounded by flowers and cheeky squirrels!
This contributes to the College’s homely feel; I felt at place almost immediately when I arrived and making friends did not come as a massive challenge because not only is everyone here welcoming but there are also plenty of social events allowing you to meet people.
But what really makes Sidney special is its proximity to faculties but also restaurants and shops, meaning that Sidneyites barely ever walk more than 10-15 minutes to get somewhere.
During my time at Sidney, I have been involved in Student Politics as a member of the Student Union (JCR). Initially, I was the Access Officer and I am now the Vice-President; this has given me the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with College staff on the wellbeing of students - this is something I was not able to do during school so it is very important to me.
Being a Sidneyite has been an amazing experience for me and I think that whatever your interests are, you can thrive and have a very enjoyable time here!